New Path Youth and Family Services
Annual Report 2016-17


Board Chair, Greg Pope            NP - Glen 2

                                    Greg Pope,                            Glen Newby,
                                    Board Chair                          CEO

New Path’s mission is to lead and inspire positive change, promoting mental health and wellness for infants, children, youth, their families and their communities, through an effective and innovative mental health service approach. This wonderful journey continues with the additional responsibilities of Lead Agency for Simcoe County.  This past year, New Path’s mental health and youth justice services helped 2,236 children and youth, and touched the lives of more than 4,000 family members. They report improved mental health, improved relationships with family and peers, and improved schoolinvolvement and achievement. New Path also helped 218 women through the Violence Against Women (VAW) program.

We are proud of the excellent programs offered throughout Simcoe County. These include Access and Intake, Targeted Prevention, Brief Services, Therapy and Counselling Services, Crisis Services, Family Capacity Building and Support, Specialized Assessment and Consultation, and Intensive Services. In addition, New Path provides Probation In-House Clinical Services, an Attendance Centre, and specialized treatment for adolescents that have sexually offended. We are also proud to offer these programs throughout Simcoe County. Our 8 office locations in Alliston, Bradford, Cookstown, Collingwood, Midland, Orillia, and two locations in Barrie means that these programs are accessible to all residents in the County. This year we are also especially proud to have achieved full accreditation from the Canadian Centre for Accreditation,with special recognition of our evolution and capacity for youth engagement initiatives. It has been a year of changes as we also entered into a new set of tools called interRAI for intake screening and pre/post outcome data in order to enhance data consistency. New Path is continuing the two-year single session pilot in an effort to reduce wait times. Feedback from clients and staff has been very positive and the pilot is evolving into Child and Youth Mental Health Walk-in Clinics starting in September 2017.

New Path is grounded in a strong set of Values and Principles which guide our success in positive client outcomes and evaluative data.  The very positive response from all of our key community partners serve as proxy for our successful clinical work. This, along with a long history of collaboration within the communities we serve, is a major factor in our developingsuccess in transforming the child and youth mental health system in Simcoe County.

After consultations with 400 stakeholders, including youth, parents, service providers and both Francophone and Indigenous communities, a priority is to develop a single point of access for child and youth mental health services. The Planning Table has supported a reduction from five core service providers to three, with the Table continuing to include membership of all five as well as the Simcoe Muskoka LHIN, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, Youth Justice, and the Child Youth and Family Services Coalition of Simcoe County. The total allotment of resources for Simcoe County is $12.1 million and New Path is committed to a collaborative approach to ensure the most effective allocations possible.

New Path’s Lead Agency responsibilities have also significantly engaged the governance bodies of many key partner organizations across Simcoe County. Governance bodies are the “owners” of service agencies and the stewards of precious public dollars.  Their active engagement and involvement is critical for successful system transformation, improved service, and sustainability. Our Board looks forward to continuing our efforts to strengthen the collaborative governance, not only with our key partners, but with the broader service community as well. We had two very successful sessions over the last year with strong engagement. We are very pleased with the energy and commitment of so many Board members. Our collective work together is a very meaningful investment of time and effort, definitely resulting in better lives for children and families.

New Path also worked closely with the Simcoe County Coalition to better understand the French language and Francophone cultures within our communities, and their needs. This work will ensure we remain focused where we should be in providing better service to our youth and families in Simcoe County.

We believe that New Path is well positioned to ensure that Moving on Mental Health objectives are met in a truly collaborative and engaged manner with other core service providers and their governance bodies. New Path’s leadership in system transformation will ensure the very best possible configuration of services across the County; a system that removes barriers to access.

We thank each and every front line staff member for their commitment to quality services. They are truly making a difference in the mental health of children and youth, and their families in our communities.  We are also recognized for our lean and efficient administrative services that continually manage to keep up with administrative and legislative requirements.  We embrace and accept change as a catalyst for improvement.  Much of this credit goes to our administrative staff, Supervisors, Managers and Directors, who readily accept challenges.  The Leadership Team continues to embrace challenges in managing the new leadership dimension of integrating both internal Core Service responsibilities and community Lead Agency responsibilities.

On behalf of all clients and their families, we sincerely appreciate the confidence from all of our funders and supporters. We are keenly sensitive to ensuring value for each and every taxpayer dollar, and every personal and business contributor to the mental health of children and families.

We would like to thank and acknowledge the incredible Youth Engagement leadership taken on by New Path and many of our youth. This seventh AGM, hosted and run by youth, is one of many examples. And of course, none of the past year’s accomplishments could have been realized without the commitment of the Board of Directors. The Board is strong, diversified, and reflects all of Simcoe County.  Their commitment to governance excellence provides confidence in the community stewardship of our precious resources for children and families. The single most important attribute that continually stands out is the collective enthusiasm and dedication to meeting the service needs of Simcoe’s children and youth, and their families.

As we move forward into our second full year as Lead Agency, New Path’s Board will be embarking on building a new strategic plan. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the community, youth, staff and leadership on building a plan that sees Child and Youth Mental Health services improve in the identified areas of accessibility and client outcomes.

And of course, as we have said many times before, a very special thank you goes to all of the children, youth and families who have allowed New Path and our core service provider agencies to enter their lives during very difficult times. The partnerships, relationships, trust, and team work that you have allowed us to develop together with you is one of the major factors in your success. And that is ultimately the only result that really matters.

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New Path Youth and Family Services AGM Report


New Path Foundation Annual Report 2016-17

               NPF - James
Brett Restemayer,         James Thomson,
   Board Chair                     President and CEO

Over this past year, the New Path Foundation was once again very busy continuing to build on our strategic plan launched this past year.  With our main focus on internal capacity building, much time and energy was spent ensuring the Foundation had the internal processes and practices to ensure responsive measures were in place for our most important stakeholders, namely the Partner and Tenant organizations that we support through our Common Roof initiatives.

The following are highlights of the work undertaken.

Strategic Governance:
Although our Board remained relatively small in size, it continued to benefit greatly from the combined passion, insight and perspective that our Board Membership Team was able to provide.  Through our strategic plan, the organization’s by-laws were thoroughly reviewed and updated to bring them in line with current practices.  Presentations were held to fully understand the Foundation’s commitment to the Common Roof model and shared space approach, and a full Board assessment was undertaken to ensure the right mix of representation at the Board table as well as identify areas that are needed to be secured.  On that note, near the end of this past fiscal period, a call out for additional Board membership was initiated to support our continued growth and development.    Progression of our strategic plan activities was updated each quarter to ensure fulsome discussion on our 4 main areas of focus:  Service Delivery, Resource Development, Capacity Building & Partnership Engagement and Development.  Lastly some staffing changes were made as Ken Edwards, our Vice President of Finance left the Foundation and a decision to move our financial supports to a community based firm was implemented. We remain confident that we are on the right course with our strategies, working towards laying a strong foundation for continued growth and development.  To our Board Membership and staff team, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your support over this past year and for your continued sound advice and judgement.

This past year we decided to step back a bit from active fundraising, to allow more of a focus on the capacity building aspect of our strategic plan.  Our annual HelpThe1in5 appeal, supported by community donations as well proceeds from events held by key partners, continued raising funds to support New Path Youth and Family Services’ pressure point areas identified by their staff team.  We would like to thank them for believing in us and the work we do to support children’s mental health in our community.  Thank you all so much.

The Common Roof:|
Our Common Roof developments continue to represent a unique investment in social purpose real estate, providing community based non-profits, charities and small for-profit businesses the opportunity to participate in shared facilities and shared services.  Participation in Common Roof projects enhances the individual missions of partner organizations, while ensuring long term sustainability for future generations.  The collaboration and integration of services under one roof provides more effective and efficient operations of critical human services, ultimately benefitting the client population.  Our Barrie Common Roof has been in operation since 2006 and celebrated its 10 year anniversary this past March.  Our Orillia Common Roof has been in operation since 2011 and is operating at about 75% occupancy.  We are still focused on finding and securing tenants for the remainder of the available space on the third floor.

Our Common Roof model continues to gain international attention and we have presented to various groups across Canada and the United States.  New Path Foundation remains connected to the NonProfit Centers Network, an organization based in Denver Colorado that brings together like-minded, forward-thinking charities to join the movement to shared facilities and services.  We are working alongside them to explore the development of a Canadian based entity that was launched last year and look forward to working alongside them as they progress in this development.  Locally in Ontario, we have been very active with the Provincial Government through the Community Hub Secretariat and most recently participated on the Resource Network Group for Community Hub Development culminating a three day conference held in Toronto in May.  We are seen as a model of effective practice that can provide solutions to a number of the challenges social service agencies are dealing with, in this age of limited government resources.

In closing, we would like to thank those young people who have stepped up and supported our work over this past year.  We would also like to thank and recognize our staff team including Ken Edwards, Tracey Becker, Maureen Armstrong, Stacey Young, Orma Sheppard, Angie King, Jon Thomson and Roger Fridge.  You provide the backbone to our organization and your contributions in helping us move forward each and every day are most appreciated.